BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women's hockey team opens the 2014 portion of the schedule with a roadtrip to Minnesota State University, Mankato. The series will be the second series of the season between the two schools. The Beavers swept the Mavericks by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 on Nov. 15-16 at the Sanford Center.
Last TIme Out
The Bemidji State University women’s hockey team (7-9-2 overall, 4-7-1 WCHA) lost a pair of contests to No. 2 Wisconsin to close out the 2013 portion of schedule by scores of 7-2 and 5-0.
Despite being swept in its last series versus Wisconsin, Bemidji State has already surpassed its win total from all of 2012-13 with 7. BSU currently sits fifth in the WCHA standings with 14 points.
Bump in the Road
Even with the sweep against the Badgers the Beavers have held their own on the road this season compling a 3-3-2 mark away from the friendly confines of the Sanford Center.
Stellar in between the pipes
One of the main reasons for BSU’s turnaround has been its goaltender Brittni Mowat (Fr., Glenboro, Manitoba). She is currently second in the nation among freshman goaltenders in both save percentage (.930) and goals against average (2.10). Mowat’s seven wins this season are two shy of tying the BSU record for most wins by a freshman goaltender, which was set during the 1999-2000 season by Bre Dedrickson (9).
BSU’s sophomore class has accounted for the bulk of the Beavers’ scoring this season. BSU’s eight second-year players have posted 40 of its 87 points (18g, 22a) this season. Leading the way has been Kaitlyn Tougas (F, Thunder Bay, Ontario)(4g, 6a=10pts.), Hanna Moher (F, Milton, Ontario)(7g, 2a=9pts), Ivana Bilic (D, Coquitlam, British Columbia)(2g, 6a=8pts.).
The Beavers have managed to score the first goal in just five of its 18 games this season but when they do it usually predicts favorable results. BSU’s record when it scores first is 4-0-1 compared to 3-7-1 when it doesn’t.
Closer the better
Bemidji State has had a tendency to win close games more times than not this season with a 4-2-0 mark in one goal games. In any other margin of victory, the Beavers are 3-7-0.
Scouting the Mavericks:
Minnesota State (8-12 overall, 3-11-0 WCHA) has enjoyed a much improved season under fifth year Head Coach Eric Means. At the halfway point of the season, MSU is two wins shy of its win total from all of last season (10). Leading the Mavericks offensively this season has been led by Kathleen Rogan (9g, 6a) and Kari Lundberg (6g, 9a) who have tallied 15 points a piece. In between the pipes, MSU has relied heavily upon Senior Danielle Butters. Butters has logged the third-most minutes of any goaltender in the WCHA (1000:36). She has a record of 6-11-0 with a .916 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average.
Bemidji State holds a two game lead over the Mavericks thanks to its sweep earlier this season 26-24-10. The Beavers are 13-13-3 all-time in Mankato, Minn. In the last 20 games in the series, BSU holds a 12-5-3 advantage over the Mavericks.
Player to Watch:
One player BSU player has enjoyed playing MSU more so than any other player. Kaitlyn Tougas has played in six career games versus Minnesota State and has scored seven points in those six meetings, including a goal and an assist in the Nov. 15-16 series at the Sanford Center.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).